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Study programme syllabus for
MPNAT - NANOTECHNOLOGY, MSC PROGR Academic year: 2021/2022
Associated to: TKTFY
The Study programme syllabus is adopted 2019-02-20 by Dean of Education and is valid for students starting the programme the academic year 2021/2022

Entry requirements:

General entry requirements:

Basic eligibility for advanced level


Specific entry requirements:


English proficiency:

An applicant to a programme or course with English as language of instruction must prove a sufficient level of English language proficiency. The requirement is the Swedish upper secondary school English course 6 or B, or equivalent. For information on other ways of fulfilling the English language requirement please visit Chalmers web site.


Undergraduate profile:

Major in Engineering Physics, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Bioengineering or Electrical Engineering.



Mathematics (at least 30 cr.), Basic quantum physics or Physical chemistry (at least 3 cr.).
Preferable course experience: Experience with software for numerical computation, for example Matlab or Octave

General organization:


“Nano” is a prefix in the metric unit system that means one-billionth (10^-9) of a unit, most commonly referring to objects dimensions – i.e., nanometre (nm). It is also a collective concept describing a multidisciplinary field involving both Physics and Chemistry. The understanding of how the properties of matter change at the nanometre scale reveals new - and often surprising functionalities that quickly render the materials and devices from merely useful to essential.

The aim of this programme is to introduce the main ideas of this field and machinery for making and studying of nanomaterials and nanostructures, outlining their unique properties in comparison with their ordinary (large-scale) equivalents.

The programme i) gives an overview of the field through a package of compulsory courses followed by ii) clusters of comprehensive compulsory elective and elective courses, and finishes by iii) a hands-on thesis work. The course clusters and thesis subjects roughly represent three profiles of the program - quantum engineering, chemistry and biochemistry, and fabrication technology for nanosystems. Students are free to follow any of the directions or tailor their own study tracks.

All students will get the unique hands-on experience in the world-class clean room at MC2.


Learning outcome:

After completion of this programme:

1. Knowledge and understanding: students will be able to:
• describe material-science aspects and physical principles of nano-scale technologies;
• have a practical approach to quantum mechanics, including quantum description of materials, their structure and inter-atomic or molecular interactions in them; solve basic problems on quantum transport at nanoscale;
• examine and illustrate the link between processing, material structure, resulting properties, and performance of the devices;
• select proper materials, deposition, and characterization techniques for a given task/device;
• describe the most important concepts of nanomaterials;
• explain the formation of nanoparticles and mesoporous materials;
• explain details of physics and chemistry of common nanomaterials and their properties;
• illustrate “nano” applications in chemistry, physics, bioscience and materials science;
• have proper laboratory behavior (safety, chemical handling, computer use, use of lab-book);
• work in a research group and write scientific reports;
• put the performed work and the results in a bigger context

2. Competences and skills: students will be able to:
• design scientific models of systems on the nanoscale from the basic principles;
• use these models for quantitative analysis of the systems’ properties;
• make well-founded estimates of the complexity and possibilities of a proposed project;
• clearly communicate research results addressing broad audience groups in both written and spoken English;
• understand the purpose and operational principles of instrumentation in the clean room;
• work effectively in a team and individually.

3. Formulation of judgment and attitudes: students will be able to:
• make judgment with respect to relevant scientific, societal, and environmental aspects;
• critically assess scientific information reported in specialized and popular media;
• identify ethical issues in the area of nanotechnology (and/or related areas) and discuss methods to deal with them.

4. Entrepreneurship in education: students will be able to:
• get understanding of people’s needs and suggest ways of satisfying them;
• get a habit of
generating ideas and evaluating them from the viewpoint of creating value for people;
• develop the ability to use available resources to create value for others, despite uncertainty of the outcome.


Extent: 120.0 c


Courses valid the academic year 2021/2022:

See study programme


Accredited to the following programmes the accademic year 2021/2022:

Degree of Master of Science in Engineering



Although students are free to choose any compulsory elective and elective courses, they are recommended to follow one of the three directions of the program - quantum engineering, chemistry and biochemistry, and fabrication technology for nanosystems.

 Degree requirements:
  Degree of master of science (120 credits):
Passed courses comprising 120 credits
Passed advanced level courses (including degree project) comprising at least 90 credits
Degree project 30 credits
Advanced level courses passed at Chalmers comprising at least 45 credits
Courses (including degree project) within a major main subject 60 credits
Fulfilled course requirements according to the study programme
The prior award of a Bachelors degree, Bachelors degree in fine arts, professional or vocational qualification of at least 180 credits or a corresponding qualification from abroad.

See also the Local Qualifications Framework - first and second cycle qualifications

Title of degree:

Master of Science (120 credits). The name of the Master's programme and the major subject Engineering Physics are stated in the degree certificate. Specializations and tracks are not stated.


Major subject:

Engineering Physics

Other information:

The “Nano” field uses, quite interchangeably, two names - Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. The difference is that the former name refers to studies of nanomaterials and their properties while the latter is about using these to create new products and properties.

The recent technical progress indicates that many future applications in electronics, telecommunication, medicine, and computing-, information-, and biosystems will be based on nanoscale devices, materials, and structures. The theoretical and practical knowledge of nanotechnology is therefore of increasing importance to both industry and academia.

The programme provides the necessary education in this field, including knowledge of the innovative possibilities of nanotechnology, hands-on training in experimental techniques and working in a clean-room environment, and a solid theoretical background in physics and chemistry of nanoscale devices and materials.
The programme directly connects to several front-line research directions at Chalmers supported by a rich infrastructure comprising several advanced laboratories. The foundation of Nanoscience area of research is in the state-of-the-art clean-room instrumentation, which is used in many research projects involving over 150 researchers. The success of industrial collaboration in this area resulted in several spin-off companies.

The programme is involved in several strong research environments at Chalmers:
• Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology
• Graphene Centre at Chalmers and Vinnova’s 2DTech
• Excellence Initiative Nano and Area of Advance Materials Science

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